Gusty Santa Ana winds have thousands of Southern California Edison customers in danger of losing power Monday morning.
The quick-hitting wind event has prompted wind advisories in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
The windy weather hit early Monday morning in the Inland Empire, where the advisory was issued until 2 p.m. for gusts expected to reach up to 45 mph.
Wind advisories are in effect until 3 p.m. for parts of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, including the cities of Newhall, Santa Clarita, Camarillo, Burbank, Northridge, Universal City, and Woodland Hills in the San Fernando Valley.
The windy weather will bring an increased risk of fire danger, leaving to thousands of residents under the threat of power safety shutoffs, according to the Southern California Edison website.
As of 10:45 a.m., nearly 42,000 customers in the following areas were being considered for outages:
- Los Angeles County: 16,048 customers
- Orange County: 2,880 customers
- San Bernardino County: 10,951 customers
- Ventura County: 11,952 customers
Power safety outages are implemented to help reduce the risk of wildfires during extreme and potentially dangerous weather conditions, according to SCE.
Most areas will see warmer weather Monday and Tuesday before cooler conditions return Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.
Forecasters are calling for gusty winds to return on Thursday and Friday.